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  • Welcome back! I hope your week was good. In this part, we continue into Mark Waid’s run on Daredevil. So let’s begin.

    The Omega Effect:
    And so the massive crossover begins. The six organisations are looking for the Omega Drive, which is in the hands of Daredevil. Daredevil teams up with The Punisher and Spider-man to make sure they keep the drive out of evil’s grasp. Each story so far and been leading to this and was it worth it? Yeah I think so. This story is enjoyable is a decent crossover, but I’ll be honest, I’m not really the biggest crossover fan. Crossovers are very hit or miss with me. Marco Checchetto’s artwork will always a pleasure to my eyes. I don’t know what else to add, it didn’t really contain the style that I love from this series.

    How Long Since He Last Did This?:
    Ah, finally. Lo and behold, Chris Samnee has entered the series. Through Paolo Rivera was great as the penciler, I love Samnee’s artwork a bit more. Matt Murdock is finally able to take Kirsten McDuffie on a date and… we are finally back to the joyful tone of Waid’s series. I enjoy how Waid spends this whole issue developing Murdock’s relationships to Foggy and Kirsten, allowing the dialogue to just fill the air and carry the story. I realise now that my favourite stories are the ones where Waid gets to do his lighter and fun stories, and when it comes to the crossovers, I don’t like them as much. This story is great and the cliff-hanger at the end was amazing.

    One Hell of A Night:
    I was so excited to read this, what I was expecting went right out the window and it left me cracking up laughing. There is a twist, yes, but I won’t spoil. This issue continues on the lighter tone and focusing less on the heaviness, and it’s why I love this series. The Omega Effect properly comes to an end in this issue, and I feel mixed about the whole thing. I liked everything but the main crossover itself. Anyways, let’s move onto the next story just as quick as the comic does itself.

    Senses of Doom:
    What happens if Daredevil loses his other senses? To wrap up this volume comes this really interesting and fun breakdown of Matt Murdock and Daredevil. Chris Samnee becomes a proper regular in this story, no words can describe how pleasing his art is to me. The monologing throughout the story is played to its upmost potential, you can feel the terror Murdock feels. Essentially Murdock has to MacGyver his way out of Latveria before he gets dissected by Doom’s scientists. Seeing his senses heal themselves even though they’ve been dampened is really cool, Samnee’s art really complements Murdock’s radar sense. I think this story is pretty cool, but the ending does feel kind of rushed, but it’s not a proper bother.

    If you were in a position to choose one singular book from a store, I believe this is stronger than the previous volume but still quite strong.

    Next time! Again, we continue into Volume 4 of Mark Waid’s series. See you then!

  • Welcome back! I hope your week was good. In this new part to the series, I would like to try something new. So let’s see if anything sticks. I’m going to divide up Mark Waid’s run on Daredevil into their respective stories and if they don’t have names, I will name them myself. So let’s begin…

    Snow Angels:
    Okay so technically the first story to this volume has a title, but it isn’t good. So I’m going to name this ‘Snow Angels’. I’ll be honest, this is by far my favourite story of the whole run. This single issue story is about Murdock volunteering to take a group of blind students on a field trip, but ties to the Omega Drive puts all of them in danger. The growing suspense throughout the story feel natural and the returning Paolo Rivera perfectly captures the joy and fearful tones beautifully woven together. Snow Angels is a beautiful contained story that I feel I might come back to quite a lot.

    The Devil in the Details:
    This is the first of many (some questionable) crossovers. I’m not really sure what to think about this story, it kind of just happens. The story is centred around the Black Cat being arrested, Spider-Man and Daredevil team-up to prove her innocence. And honestly that’s just it. The link to the overarching story feels somewhat forced and meaningless. Of course I did enjoy this story but I feel it isn’t the strongest.

    To See Her Once Again:
    Wrapping up this Volume is this stellar story about… Mole Man. Wait, no! Come back! I promise you it’s amazing!! Okay jokes aside, this story really brings Murdock back to ground level, having to question his own biases and beliefs. The serious and deep tones to this story feels amazing and very welcomed. This would be the last issue that Paolo Rivera would do the pencils for, I playing into the fact that Mole Man and Daredevil don’t need bright lights to see, and the unique situation DD’s is really played to its full potential. I think, like Snow Angels, that this story is easily one of the best in the series.

    The Omega Effect: Prelude
    Whoops did I say that the last story was the end? Nope! There is one last story to this volume. I think the first half to the story is neat, Daredevil trapped in a box with a pyrokinetic, the tension is incredible and put me on edge. The second half is fine, just a prelude into the next story in the series.

    If you were in a position to choose one singular book from a store, I believe this is a somewhat strong contender for your purchase.

    Next Time! We continue into Volume 3 and the introduction of Chris Samnee to the series. See you then!

  • Hey My Dudes! Welcome to the first (kinda) review of the series.

    After what seems to be a very dark time for Hornhead, the first six-issues of Mark Waid's run brings us this immensely exciting and fun series. Volume 1 feels very refreshing, and seeing Murdock smile and just enjoy the daylight feels really nice and immediately sets this run apart from the others. 

    The artists for this volume, Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin, bring us this new take on Matt's senses. I feel as if everything clicks, everything from the panel positioning to the action and even to the dialogue, they excell to bringing the reader into Matt's world and give a clear energetic and optimistic tone to it all. Rivera and Martin also excell at the action sequences, it's crips and clear but is unqiue to Daredevil's style and abilities. 

    Mark Waid gives us these shorter stories that aren't "written for the trade" and it feels perfect, the pacing of these two stories connect but also feel very unique. The first story is fairly simple, as we are introduced to the characters and the overall tone of the series. I will add that, the action sequences are absolutely incredible. I quite enjoy how even though it is very optismistic in tone, Waid is able to blend darker elements into these stories and create proper suspence and worry. The second story of the book features an amazing sequence where we really get to understand the new interpretation of DD's senses and introduces the reader to an overarcing story to the series, one which feels natural and doesn't conflict with the containted feeling of the stories. 

    There is a backup story to issue #1 that I want to mention. I love it. This story establishes Matt's senses for this series, and does a damn good job doing so. The reader is able to see the world from Matt's (metaphorical) eyes. And wraps the small story with a very strong finish. 

    If it isn't clear enough, I absolutely love this book. And honestly, it's one of few books that I have read multiple times over and still get a kick from. If you are able to get this book, I really recommend doing so.

    My next entry into the Collection Without Fear, I will be looking at the next volume in Mark Waid's run. Stay tuned, I'm not sure what my schedule will be.

  • Hey my Dudes! I hope this might be something that I can commit to writing on some sort of schedule.

    But anyways, my name is Sam (or Huskie online) and since I was a kid, I have found a facisination with Daredevil and other superheroes. My love of superheroes comes from the 2003 DD film, which I will always defend because it's great, and, of course, the MCU franchise. My love for the Man without Fear would begin to grow in my teenage years with the Netflix series as it began to air.

    Within the last year, in a trip to New Zealand, I bought my first Daredevil book, Book 1 of Mark Waid's run, and it was absolutely incredible (but you'll get to see my full thoughts on that later). I never really noticed how much I enjoy the character and the world behind him until the world went into lockdown. Thankfully and luckily in Australia, my local comic book shop was able to stay open, and so I finally brought up the courage to buy the next two volumes of Mark Waid's run on Daredevil.

    After reading those two books, I began to grow interest into DD history and lore, and decided that I would try to collect as many DD books as I can (As restocking in this time is practically a pipe dream). 

    The Collection Without Fear is my proper entry into the extensive history of the comic book world. At this current moment, there are quite a few DD books that I won't be able to get but hopefully I will be able to when the world opens up again.

    If you have a keen eye, you'll be able to see that I have a list of all the DD stories that I have collected so far, think of that as a calendar for what is to come next.

    So now with all this exposition out of the way, I'll see y'all next time when I give my thoughts of: Daredevil (Vol. 3) Book 1 by Mark Waid



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